Trauma Matters Delaware (TMD) began in 2013 when a small group of advocates formed a network to conduct activities to raise awareness of trauma and its impact. In 2018, Governor Carney issued Executive Order #24 prioritizing efforts for Delaware to become a trauma-responsive state, following the Delaware’s Blueprint to becoming Trauma-Informed, and the Trauma Informed Delaware (TID) initiative was launched. First Chance Delaware, a partnership between Delaware’s First Lady Tracey Quillen Carney and Casey Family Programs that encourages cross-sector partnerships, was instrumental in supporting this effort.
In response to the growing recognition of the toxic stress of trauma and the need to build resilience, the TMD steering group decided to formalize its structure and applied for 501c3 status in 2020. This process, guided by input from community stakeholders and facilitated by Social Contract, merged the prior efforts of TMD and TID.